Posted in January 2012

Reasons to visit Japan #2

Reasons to visit Japan #2

There are so many reasons to visit Japan, and here’s another one: it’s just so cheap at the moment!  I noticed a special offer on the Japan Travel Centre website today for an Air France London to Tokyo flight for just £529 return! KLM also appeared to be matching that price, with a whole host … Continue reading

“Image Langue: Linear Code” at the ICN gallery

“Image Langue: Linear Code” at the ICN gallery

The current exhibition at the ICN gallery in Shoreditch is “Image Langue: Linear Code”  by artist Gen Miyamura. Shizuoka born Miyamura has created works which draw on the traditional Bokusho-style of calligraphy, and create a new kind of abstract expressionism. In this exhibition, “Image Langue: Linear Code”, Miyamura has built on his original dot codes, … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Veggie Okonomiyaki

Monthly Recipe: Veggie Okonomiyaki

This year I’m going to try to cook at least one new Japanese dish a month, and I will be sharing the recipes with you. This month I cooked an old favourite which I have been trying to improve every time I cook it. The recipe came from the Internet originally, but I’ve changed it … Continue reading

Haiku at Hyper Japan

Haiku at Hyper Japan

I was very excited to read in the Hyper Japan newsletter this week that there will be haiku at Hyper Japan! The newsletter said: Haiku at HYPER JAPAN You’ve probably all heard of haiku, that super short form of poetry consisting of 17 syllables (in Japanese), but how many of you have actually tried writing … Continue reading

Welcome to the redesign!

Welcome to the redesign!

Haikugirl’s Japan has been down for maintenance today in order to undergo a little freshen up. This site has been running since 2007, and things had got a bit cluttered up, so I thought it was time for a de-junk. I hope you like the new look! Here are a few notes about the key … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #4

Weekly Shiritori #4

Last week’s post was about Shikoku (しこく / 四国), so this week I need to start with く (ku). I didn’t get any suggestions from anyone this week, so I decided to be a bit old-school and search through the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan which is in my office to get some inspiration. In the end, … Continue reading

Japan: Clichés and Stereotypes

Japan: Clichés and Stereotypes

What do you think of when you think of Japan? What words would you use to describe Japan? I’m sure most people would think of technology, Hello Kitty, sushi, and maybe geisha. They would use words like “bright”, “colourful”, “crazy”, and “strange”. I’m sure I’ve used a lot of these words and ideas, and I … Continue reading

Waitrose Sushi

Waitrose Sushi

When I first came back to England I was quite dismayed to discover how awful Tesco’s sushi was. Living in a small town as I was at the time, Tesco was my only option, and I feared I would never eat good sushi at home again. I found that Marks & Spencer’s sushi was marginally … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #3

Weekly Shiritori #3

Last week’s Weekly Shiritori post was about rikishi (りきし / 力士) so, this week, I need to start with  し (shi). A big thank you to everyone who left comments and made suggestions. I really liked Sarah’s suggestion of “shogi” /  しょうぎ(将棋), Japanese chess, but I don’t know anything about it and wouldn’t be able to write … Continue reading

Winter in Japan

Winter in Japan

This month’s J-Festa is all about “Winter in Japan“. Since the announcement of the theme, I’ve been trying to decide what to write about. I lived in the Chubu region of Japan, so I haven’t experienced harsh winters. It snowed a couple of times, but it was light snow that didn’t last long. It was … Continue reading